Thursday, November 8, 2012

How to Surf the Web in Secret

via Brad Chacos...

They say no one can hear you scream in space, but if you so much as whisper on the Web, you can be tracked by a dozen different organizations and recorded for posterity. 

Simply visiting a website can allow its operators to figure out your general physical location, identify details about your device information, and install advertising cookies that can track your movements around the web. (Don't believe me? Check this out.)

Not everyone likes the idea of having his or her entire digital lives scraped, analyzed and (in countries with restrictive regimes) controlled outright by third parties. 

So please consider the following tools and tips, which will hide your IP address and have you surfing the web in blissful anonymity in no time. (more)

• Use a second web browser.
• Set it to anonymous / private mode.
• Have it wipe all cookies when closed.
• Use a web-based proxy. (Proxify, Anonymouse, Hide My Ass, or one from
• Better... Use a virtual private network (VPN) like The Onion Router (aka TOR).
• Send your email anonymously via
Anonymouse or Hide My Ass.